Saturday, December 8, 2012

Before It Gets Crazy Here at the Meadow

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers for The Hubs' surgery.  It has been a long week, just to provide too much information, he had an AVM (Arteriovenus Malformation) in his brain.  It wasn't causing any problems, but there is a 2% to 3% chance each year that it could bleed or rupture, so it was best to have it removed.  Because The Hubs has the luck he does, neither of the easy options were good options so he had surgery.  It took 7-1/2 hours for the actual surgery, which was a bit longer than had been anticipated but the surgeon is confident they got the entire malformation.  The Hubs will need an arteriogram to confirm but  that will be some months down the road.  He has had issues with pain management which have kept him in the hospital for a couple of days longer than expected - yes can you believe? brain surgery on Monday and he was physically ready to be discharged Friday morning?!?  His surgeon is just amazing. Hopefully he'll be discharged tomorrow although given how wonderful he is as a patient, it might be better for my health if he stayed a while longer.

I didn't start the little kit I put together as the light in the waiting room, ICU and his hospital room was not very good and the chairs were not at all comfortable for long waits - we had to be there at 5:30 AM and didn't leave until almost 6:00 PM, but I did "build" my little cottage from The Nutmeg Company.

I still need to stitch the bugle beads on the corners to hid that join and put a ribbon on the top for hanging but it is, for all intents and purposes, done.  I also stitched two Christmas gifts, but I can't show you those yet and caught up on several months of magazine reading.

Before the craziness began, I was able to finish Eightsome Reel:

I started this about five years ago as my "lunch stitch" but started walking at lunch and this fell by the wayside.  It feels good to have a mid-age WIP finished.  Actually this is young for my WIPs as I am fairly sure there's one in the box that is almost 20.

I am not anticipating too much stitching this week, in between catering to running after caring for The Hubs I will be cyberworking so that I don't get too far behind on things - fortunately this time of year is a bit slow at work so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.


Catherine said...

So glad your husbands surgery went well. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery ~ for is sake and yours! ;)
My husband is never easy when he is not feeling well.
Love your little cottage ~ very sweet!

Kate said...

So glad he is on the mend and hopefully it's a speedy recovery! YOur little house is just gorgeous!!!

Nicola said...

I am so pleased that the surgery went well and wish your DH a speedy recovery and good results when he has his arteriogram later on.

It must have been an awfully long wait for you.

Your little house is darling.

Take care of yourself as well.

Jan said...

It's so good that your Hubbie came through okay. You must have been going crazy during the wait.

Love the little house too!

Chris said...

I hope that your husband is home and on the road to a fast recovery.
Lovely finishes.

Anne Marieke said...

Glad to hear the surgery went alright! I hope he is home soon.

Love your little stitched house. Very cute!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas together.

Giovanna said...

I hope your husband's recovery goes speedily. That little house is adorable, well done.

Holly said...


Just found you.

Your little house is beautiful!
Best wishes for your husband's recovery.

Erica said...

I will definitely keep your husband in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
It may sound like strange advice, but having been through a couple of these major medical events in my life, I'd suggest that you try to get as much sleep as you can. I know, it is easier said than done It is more of a stressor on your body than you think. Take care of yourself!

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Susan !
I just found Your blog via Hollys blog ! :)
You have done plenty of very beautifull stitching..

I promise to remember You and Your DH in my prayers !
I live in Finland and have two georgeos dove grey Norwegian Forest Cats.
My kittyes are sisters and very loving and playfull
Please excuse me my funny english and the bad grammar !

With Blessings ,Lumiruusu (Maija )

Julie said...

Glad that Hubs surgery went well.
Your little house is just lovely,so to is Eightsome Wheel.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

So pleased the surgery went well, hope you're looking after him, lots of TLC!!

The little cottage is so cute. I really want one of these designs but I'm not sure my finishing skills are up to it!

The Eightsome Reel is amazing too.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Glad to hear your hubby's surgery went well. Your little cottage is adorable and Eightsome Reel is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Prayers and good thoughts coming your way! I'm so glad your husband's surgery went well!

Your little cottage is a-dorable!!! I love it! I havne't been brave enough to try one any of the pieces that you have to "construct" after you're done stitching...maybe in the new year I'll give it a go....

Caitlin Jordan said...

beautiful stitching :) I hope your husband recovers fully.